Friday, September 23, 2016

Crazy Dog Card

Hi friends! Before the weekend starts, I have a quick card to share with you today, made with a Tim Holtz Crazy Dog stamp. 

Layers of ink - Crazy Dog Card by Anna-Karin
We always had dogs when I grew up, which is one of the reasons why I really like Tim Holtz Crazy Dog stamp set. I also know a lot of people who like dogs, and would like a dog card. The dog on the card has too many balls in the air and dropped his chewing bone. 

Layers of ink - Crazy Dog Card by Anna-Karin
The background was done on Ranger's Distress Woodgrain paper. First, I smeared a little Distress Micro Glaze around the edges of the paper, to keep them white. Then an uneven coat of Distress Grit Paste was applied with a palette knife over parts of the woodgrain paper and I pressed a Simon Says Stamp Stacked Stars die cut from Woodgrain Paper into the paste. The paste works as an adhesive. When the paste was dry, I smeared Twisted Citron and a little Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on my craft sheet, misted with water and pressed the card into the ink. As you can see, the ink is darker on the paper areas, than on the paste, since the paste soaks up some of the ink. I also splattered some black paint on the background with a Splatter Brush.

Layers of ink - Crazy Dog Card by Anna-Karin
The doggie was stamped with Jet Black ink on watercolour cardstock and watercoloured with Distress Inks. The same things was done with the balls and the bone. I placed a piece of cheese cloth behind him for extra texture.

Layers of ink - Crazy Dog Card by Anna-Karin
The sentiment comes from the Circle Sayings SSS set. 

Layers of ink - Crazy Dog Card by Anna-Karin
I thought the dog was floating a little too much in the air, and die cut a path for him to stand on, by using just one side of the Sketch Frame die.

Thank you for visiting today and enjoy your weekend!!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial



Hello friends! Was your weekend fun? I hope so! We had a busy weekend with birthday parties, sport practice and we also went on a steam train ride. I really tried to get a photo of it without lots of people standing around in front, but I don't think I quite succeeded. I love old trains, and all the fun details in the old carriages.

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we are Inspired by Music. I was planning to do something different, but this art journal page got a life of its own. 

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I got the idea for this page one of the mornings last week. Since Anton started big school, we have an earlier morning routine and we are not quite used to it yet. The mornings are not always as peaceful as I wish they would be and it can be quite a mission to get everybody ready and out of the door in time. 

So I did an art journal page about an ideal pastel coloured, peaceful and harmonic morning, starting with a song. It was also inspired by an emboidered piece my grandmother had in her kitchen, translating 'The morning has gold in its mouth'. 

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I got the two new sets of Distress Crayons the other day, and used mainly Set 5, with its pastel shades here, as well as Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed. Working in my Dylusions Journal, I first gessoed a page and when dry, scribbled Distress Crayons on top.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I wanted a sunrise on my page and used Tim Holtz Rays stencil. Use a slightly moist cloth and wipe off colour through the stencil.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I wanted the rays to extend all the way to the top of my page and used two stencils as masks, lining them up with each ray of light and wiping off the area in between.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I also used the Cargo and Bubbles stencils to remove more colour.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Mist lightly with water and press a paper towel on top (check out this Distress Crayon Texture tutorial of mine for more on this technique).

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Mist with Pearl Mica Spray. You can get a hint of the shine and glimmer on this photo. This morning would be all shimmery.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
When dry, I stamped the background with a music stamp and both Shadow Grey and Forget-me-not Archival Ink, as well as a number stamp and Shadow Grey ink.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I wanted to create the feeling of a happy and free morning, showing the potential of the day to come, and thought birds would do the trick. This pretty bird was stamped with Forget-Me-Not ink. The sentiment from Uplifting Thoughts was stamped with Jet Black.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I also stamped my favourite flying bird stamp using the same ink, and second and third impressions. More journaling was stamped with alphabet stamps.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The Sketch Heart was die cut from gold Deco Sheet, for golden shine. Have you seen that Simon Says Stamp released Glimmery Cardstock and envelopes during STAMPtember? It is awesome, and very glimmery. I die cut the word from it.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The Cottage Stems die is also a new STAMPtember die, and it is so pretty. I die cut two of them from purple and pink glimmery cardstock, and the seeds from blue and yellow.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The seeds fit perfectly behind as you can see here. They add a great detail to this die.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I also used some Symphony Tissue Tape, and two kinds of German Scraps by Prima. I always liked German Scrap and I was happy to see Prima having them now.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The journaling was stamped with alphabet stamps, and the oval die cut frame comes from the Frames set.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I die cut the title ('The morning has gold in its mouth') from glimmer cardstock and gold Deco Sheet, using the Wanted die. The rest of the title was stamped, so that it wouldn't take too much space.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Smile usually has a circle around it (I used it on my Hydrangea Art journal page, for example), but for this page, I cut off the circle, using only the word.

Layers of ink - Pastel Distress Crayon Tutorial by Anna-Karin
The crayon, stenciling and soft stamping add layers and texture to the page.

I hope you will join us in our Inspired by Music challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.


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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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